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Author: Joanna O'Sullivan

  1. Can plant-based eating protect you from COVID-19?

    Can plant-based eating protect you from COVID-19?

    Since the start of this pandemic, and as coronavirus panic has escalated, there have been many touted treatments and cures. Some may have a scientific basis, though there are numerous bogus or downright dangerous ones as well.

    One of the latest claims to capture headlines in the media is from well-regarded scientist Dr T. Colin Campbell who has drawn on his previous research to say that eating a plant-based diet is protective against COVID-19. Could this be true?

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  2. Why am I so tired? Top 10 reasons for tiredness & how to overcome it

    Why am I so tired? Top 10 reasons for tiredness & how to overcome it

    Many people report feeling constantly tired or fatigued. Are you one of them?

    Perhaps you put it down to working too hard or burning the candle at both ends? Maybe you’ve even become so accustomed to feeling lethargic that you’ve forgotten what energised feels like?

    First things first, prolonged feelings of exhaustion warrant a trip to the doctor to rule out medical reasons for your tiredness.  There are any number of conditions that may be linked to fatigue such as anaemia, chronic fatigue syndrome, glandular fever, diabetes or being coeliac to name a few.

    If you’re not suffering from a medical condition, then it’s time to turn the spotlight on health and lifestyle reasons for your tiredness. Here we list the top ten culprits and how you can combat them to bounce back to a more energetic you.

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  3. Have you hit a weight loss plateau?

    Have you hit a weight loss plateau?

    10 common weight loss mistakes and how to fix them

    Are you trying to lose weight but feel like you’re getting nowhere? Don’t be disheartened, we might be able to help. We’ve compiled a list of the top 10 most common reasons why you might be at a weight loss plateau or aren’t losing as much as you’d like, despite the effort you’re putting in. Thankfully, alongside each problem we’ve provided the solution, so you can get yourself back on track to being the healthy, happy person you want to be.

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  4. Pandemic Protection: staying healthy & foods that boost your immune system

    Pandemic Protection: staying healthy & foods that boost your immune system Stopping the spread of Coronavirus and #flatteningthecurve is the number one goal for all Australians right now. You’ll know that even the slightest sniffle is being regarded with the utmost suspicion, and could see you sent packing from work to self-isolate at home. With that in mind, sources of illness and infection should be avoided at all costs and we need to shore up our immune systems to ward off attack. Read more...
  5. Are you suffering from a food intolerance?

    Are you suffering from a food intolerance?

    So what is food intolerance? Food intolerance is defined as a detrimental reaction to a food, beverage, additive or other food compound that produces problematic symptoms.  They’re more common these days than ever before, with some sources estimating that up to 20% of the world’s population suffer from a food intolerance.  Are you one of them?

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  6. Fighting Flab with Fibre

    Fighting Flab with Fibre

    Fibre is now recognised as being vitally important to our gut health and our overall health.  But did you know that it can help you to lose weight and keep it off too?  Studies show that a higher fibre intake is associated with lower body fat, body weight and BMI.

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  7. Plant-Based Meat – Not all it's beefed up to be

    Plant-Based Meat – Not all it's beefed up to be

    You’ve probably heard the recent hype about the plant-based burgers that have taken the fast food and grocery worlds by storm.  There’s the Hungry Jack’s plant-based burger (the Rebel Whopper), the Impossible Burger, the Incredible Burger, the Beyond Burger, the Soul Burger and so many more.

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  8. Sugar: Poison or Passion? Top tips for cutting back.

    Sugar:  Poison or Passion? Top tips for cutting back. It may once have helped the medicine go down, but these days, loading up on sugar will put you on a sure-fire path to health disaster. That’s because sugar plays havoc with your blood sugar levels; is packed with calories that can lead to weight gain; has been linked to a wide range of health issues like diabetes, heart disease, depression, cancer, dental decay AND it can even accelerate ageing! Read more...
  9. Live Longer: Dietary Supplements or Food?

    Live Longer: Dietary Supplements or Food?

    In Australia, 47% of women and 34% of men use at least one dietary supplement.  Usage is even greater among older age groups and those with higher education levels.

    By dietary supplement we mean a single vitamin or mineral, a combination multi-vitamin, herbal or traditional products, or a sports nutrition or weight loss product.

    Most users take supplements by personal choice, rarely by doctor’s recommendation.  This is great news for supplement manufacturers!  Globally, the industry raked in over $150 billion last year alone and it’s growing.

    But the big question is - will they help us live longer or healthier lives?

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  10. Body, mind and the occasional shiraz: Red wine benefits

    Body, mind and the occasional shiraz: Red wine benefits

    We’ve all heard that wine is good for us but how good exactly?  And how much is enough?  And what type is best? 

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